2020 Ford Ranger Prices, Reviews, and Pictures

Overview

The Ranger can be tough when needed, but it is also a reliable customer. The engine delivers powerful power and has the payload and towing capabilities that make trucks essential for many buyers. There are two options for body styles and bed lengths, as well as the stripped-down XL and the spruced up Lariat trim levels. The XL trim is the most lightweight and lean. It offers acceleration that is among the fastest in its class. Base models have active safety features that rival models only offer for top-dog trim levels.

What’s new for 2020?

A new FX2 package is available for 2020. This package is only available on rear-drive Rangers and is aimed at those who enjoy traveling off the beaten path. The package includes body-side decals, performance upgrades like off-road tires, an electronic locking rear differential, and a suspension specially tuned for trail-busting. The Ranger now comes with a pickup box extension, and there are three new exterior colors: Iconic Silver and Rapid Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat. Ford has removed Ingot Silver, Hot Pepper Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat and from its color selection.

The Ford Ranger XL base model is the best choice if performance and value are important to you. The Ford Ranger XL is lighter than other trims. This translates into tangible advantages in acceleration and ride quality. The XL is faster and more comfortable than the heavier, more luxuriously equipped Ranger siblings. The Ranger XL comes with automatic emergency braking and forward-collision warning. These features are not available on some other models. The fact that they are standard on the Ranger’s base model speaks volumes about the truck’s value proposition.

Engine, Transmission, & Performance

The 2020 Ford Ranger’s turbocharged 2.3-liter four cylinder engine produces 270 horsepower and 310 pounds of torque. The Ranger XLT is fast and smooth, with plenty of muscle. The Ranger XL is lighter and more agile, which made it even more impressive when we tested it at the track. The 10-speed automatic transmission is standard on all Ranger trucks. It provides smooth, quick shifts and makes it easy to drive. Rear-drive models have 8.4 inches of ground clearance while four-wheel-drive models have 8.9 inches. Terrain Management System is an option on the Ranger. This system adjusts engine responsiveness and transmission gearing to maximize truck performance in different terrain conditions. There are four drive modes available: Normal, Grass/Gravel/Snow Mud/Ruts and Sand.

Towing and Payload Capacity

With an optional tow package, the 2020 Ranger can tow 7500 pounds. Even pulling a large trailer, the truck’s engine is still powerful and responsive. The Ranger can carry up to 1860 pounds.

Fuel Economy and Real World MPG

Although the 2020 Ranger has not yet received EPA’s fuel economy ratings, we anticipate that they will be similar to the 2019 model. The Ranger’s EPA-rated gas mileage is 21/26 mpg in the city/highway, and 20/24 mpg when it has four-wheel drive. Three Rangers were subject to our 200-mile highway fuel economy testing. After some aggressive driving, two of the models were crew-cab four wheel-drive models. They both achieved 16 and 15 mpg respectively. Rear-wheel drive was the third option, which achieved 25 mpg on highway testing.

Interior, Comfort, & Cargo

The cabin design of the Ranger is uninspired and a little sloppy. This is particularly evident in the base trim. The cabin’s controls are easy-to-remember and to use. You can choose between a SuperCab extended cab or SuperCrew crew cab. The SuperCrew is family-friendly and seats five, with four full-size doors. The SuperCab has four doors and four half-doors. Both cab designs offer plenty of space for adults in both rows, and have wide doors that allow for easy ingress or egress.

Connectivity and Infotainment

The Ranger base model is very basic in terms of equipment. The base model Ranger comes standard with a four-speaker AM/FM stereo system and one USB port. There is also a Wi-Fi hotspot which can connect to up to 10 devices. Lariat and XLT trims include SiriusXM satellite radio and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration. They also have an 8.0-inch touchscreen that can be swiped. You can choose from an integrated navigation system or a Bang & Olufsen 10-speaker audio system.

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